The Indiana Residential Care Assistance Program (RCAP) is a state funded program, similar to assisted living, that provides financial support to elderly, blind, or disabled Indiana residents who cannot live alone. Eligible individuals must live in (or be willing to move into) residential care facilities or housing which is licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and have an approved RCAP contract from the Division of Aging.
The financial assistance under this program may cover the cost of housing, food, and laundry. Select services, such as care coordination, may also be provided for those who need assistance, yet do not need the level of care required to live in a nursing home. As of the last update, there were a total of 32 residences, 14 county homes and 19 licensed residential facilities that participate in RCAP. (One residence is both a county home and a licensed residential facility). These homes and facilities, some of which have assisted living rooms, are found in the following 22 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Dekalb, Delaware, Floyd, Hendricks, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Marion, Rush, St. Joseph, Tippecano, and Wabash.
To participate in this program, the elderly individuals do not necessarily have to be from one of these counties, but they must be willing to move to a care community located in one.
In order to meet eligibility requirements for the Indiana Residential Care Assistance Program, the following requirements must be met: An individual must meet one of the following criteria:
Other eligibility requirements are as follows:
Indiana residents who are eligible for the Indiana Residential Care Assistance Program receive financial assistance in the form of an approved daily allowance, which is set up by the Division of Aging. This aids in covering the cost of housing, meals, and laundry at RCAP approved housing facilities. This may include care coordination for those who need a higher level of care. Care coordination might include medication reminders, assessing needs and setting goals, sharing patient information with pertinent parties, and coordinating appointments.
For more information about the Indiana Residential Care Assistance Program (RCAP), visit the Division of Aging site under the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. To download an application for this program, click here. You can also contact your local Area Agency on Aging for additional information.
A wait list may exist for this program.